'Captain Video' - Misc episode no. 5 (1952)
Episode of the TV series "Captain Video and His Video Rangers", with Al Hodge as 'Captain Video' and Don Hastings as the 'Video Ranger' with Scott Pennison, Jack Davis, Gordon Mills, Arnie Freeman, LeRoy O'Purdie, Jack Weston.
Run time 28 minutes 26 secondsAudio/Visual sound, color
The evil Chauncy Everett and his companion Horace escape electronic manicles on board the space ship Polar Star.
Commercials for Post's Raisin Bran and Public service announcements 'School'.
Note: Episode seems to belong to the storyline 'Operation Micromail', which started on April 21, 1952 ('Comic Kingdom' website).
August 22, 2014
Captain Video - Review/History
Captain Video, originally airing on June 27, 1949 but having most of its runtime in and through the 1950s, was a LIVE show considered to be one of the first major science fiction works of television. It started off with slow traction and did not gain the viewership it is known for having today until its run through the early 50s. The show follows the adventures of "Video Rangers" as they travel along with their leader, "Captain Video" in their conquest to defend the universe from evil.
Produced by The Dumont Television Network, production of the show gained the added benefit of being created in New York City, allowing all the facets of broadway as well as the writers of the cultural city to aggregate into working for Captain Video. However, despite this, the show is known for having an extremely rough and boorish look to it, a byproduct of its low budget. People could see how oddly and poorly crafted the spaceships were even with the advantage of being built on a set (a rarity of the age). This is true even for the standards of shows from this time era. However, even with such a crude production, Captain Video's popularity skyrocketed over the years. The show was broadcasted nearly every day of the week and collected a large following of both the youth and adults.
As a show holding such a large following, it tried its best to propagate moral messages during commercial breaks and between segments of the overarching plot. It's success also led towards a spin-off that would be broadcast on the off days of the main series.
The show went on, granting marketability to vanity items from the show such as toys, badges, rings, and even prop helmets/guns. They were sold successfully due to the advertising within the show but the financial stability of the Dumont Television Network was failing well into the show's run and with the downfall into bankruptcy of the network, so came the demise of Captain Video. As a pioneer of its own genre, Captain Video is sometimes considered to have paved the way for the success and the audience reception of shows to come like Star Trek and The Twilight Zone. The show ended on April 1, 1955, leaving a legacy of an era to those who had sat by their television sets nightly to watch it live.